Archive for February, 2007

If Operating Systems Ran The Airlines…

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

I was browsing digg today, and found an amusing analogy comparing operating systems to airlines. Check it out. For the most part I thought the comparisons were correct, especially the Linux Air one.  The Windows XP comparison might have gone a bit overboard from my experiences with the operating system, but I have to agree with this one as well.

Picture of the Day

Friday, February 16th, 2007

I was checking my RSS feeds in Google Reader this morning while at school, as the feeds I have in Google Reader are different then the feeds I have in GreatNews. Google suggested a few random ’sets’ of feeds, and once of them was the Photography set. While browsing through it this morning, I stumbled upon a few pictures that I liked. This may be something that I do once every few weeks, of course including more pictures then today. It is with great pleasure that I present the very first picture of the day on fewleftstanding.net!

The first picture is of the sun shining through the trees over Route 413 in Durham, Pennsylvania. The second picture is of a road somewhere in Pennsylvania after a snow flurry.

I need to figure out a better way to create thumbnails in my posts. I usually just use a calculater so I can maintain the original aspect ratio, any suggestions on how to do this more effectively?

Lack of updates

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

Sorry for the lack of updates, there was a death in my family last weekend.

I’ll resume posting here very soon!

Registerfly is in trouble

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

I’ve been having a lot of problems with Registerfly in the past few months. Yesterday I was reading David Lithman’s blog, and I learned about an email that he received. The email is from Enom, announcing that Enom is officially dropping Registerfly as a reseller. I did some searching on several domain and web development forums, and confirmed that many other people had received the same email.

If you have any domains with Registerfly, I highly recommend that you create an account with Enom, and push your domains to Enom asap. I have eight domains with Registerfly, and I will be creating a new Enom account to move them to, and then eventually push them to an Enom account shared between me and my partner.

Here’s a RegisterFly reseller termination FAQ, and an article stating how Enom is related to RegisterFly. For more information regarding what is happening, please visit Registerflies.

Good luck to those of you who still have domains with Registerfly.

Recommended Wordpress Plugins

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

I’ve compiled a list of the wordpress plugins that I use on my blog, I hope that some of you find it useful. Some of these plugins I’ve only installed recently (such as Brian’s Threaded Comments and Subscribe to Comments) however I recommend them to anyone using the Wordpress blogging platform.

Adsense-Deluxe allows you to add Google AdSense or Yahoo Publisher Network (YPN) ads to your Wordpress posts. It is very easy to install and manage your ads, and you can choose which parts of your site that you would like to ads to run on. The plugin also keeps record of the number of ads displayed and makes sure that no more then 3 ads on one page (to prevent violation of Googles terms of service). I highly recommend this plugin to anyone who has or is considering having ads on their blog.

Akismet comes with Wordpress, and is one of my most valued plugins. When a new comment, trackback, or pingback comes to your blog it is submitted to the Akismet web service which runs hundreds of tests on the comment and returns a thumbs up or thumbs down. This way you don’t have to update any kind of a blacklist, or do any maintenance! To activate it you will need an API key, which you can get for free by signing up for a Wordpress Account.

Brian’s Threaded Comments is a threaded comments plugin, that allows you to minimize threads and replies. It structures comments in an organized fashion, unlike the way that Wordpress organizes them. Without the plugin, if you are replying to comments If you were to reply to a comment on a blog that doesn’t have this plugin installed, the comment will appear at the bottom of all the other comments. If it is a blog that receives many comments, then this causes a lot of confusion.

Feedburner Feed Replacement sends all of my RSS feed traffic to Feedburner, and it gives me a lot of information about the people who subscribe to my blog. Feedburner tells you how many people are subscribed to your feeds, the RSS reader that they use, etc. You can also have Feedburner track other stats on your website, such as referrers, search engine traffic, pageviews, etc.  Instead of me going through the installation process step by step, here is a nice walkthrough.

Subscribe to Comments allows readers of your blog to subscribe to the comments of a post, after commenting on the post themselves. It emails the reader once there have been new comments on a post. This can be helpful for example if someone asks for help or advice, then closes the window and forgets about it.  They will receive an email once there have been new comments on the post.

Wordpress Database Backup also comes installed with Wordpress. It allows you to backup your Wordpress database through the Wordpress control panel. You have several options for exporting your database. You can have it emailed to an email address of your choice, download the file, or back it up to a directory on the server. For those of us who do not backup their stuff regularily, it is very easy to do. It’s a good idea to backup every few days, or even after every post you make. This way, in the event of a server failure, you still have all of your posts and comments in the backup file.

I know that there are a ton of other great plugins out that, however these are the ones that I have tried and chosen to keep using. I find that not using a lot of plugins keeps the server load low, which is always nice. I am looking for more useful wordpress plugins, so if you know of any let me know!

Changed Servers

Monday, February 5th, 2007

So I have successfully moved from the shared hosting plan to the dedicated server, and cancelled the shared hosting plan. If you checked the site earlier today, you may have noticed that I made an error when I moved the site. It was a small error, and was easily fixable.

Now I need to setup automatic database backups, and I’ll be set!

Updates

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Yesterday I wrote my final exams for the Windows Server 2003 and Structured Cabling courses. Without studying, I managed to get 82% and 73% on the exams. Not incredible, but I still passed. On Monday I start

I worked on Thursday, Friday (today), and I will be working tomorrow for a few hours as well. Payday was yesterday, so I feel good. Except that most of the money is going for bills and books, but hey, that’s life I guess.

The server has been up and running well for just over a week now. I have moved over all the domains that were on the shared hosting account, except this one. I will be moving it over this weekend at some point.

My proxy sites have been back up for a few days, and have small amounts of traffic again, with no advertising. Clickthrough rate is ok, but I’m still not making much per click.

I’ve also launched a new project, it’s a website with a lot of flash based web games. I was curious to see how well these sites would do. I submitted it to Digg, and with only 10 diggs, I had over 1030 games played today. Those are the statistics from the software that I use for the site, but I think games played = hits on a page with a game on it. However, Adsense reports that I’ve had 142 pageviews on the site today. Maybe a lot of diggers use Mozilla Firefox with the Adblock Plus extension?

A lot of people were reporting Google pagerank updates recently, most of them reporting a rise in their pagerank. However, my pagerank stayed at 3. Last month I was monitoring it for a few days, and I saw it go up to 5 a couple times, but when I refreshed it went back down to 3. It is still 3 right now. When I get pagerank of 4-5 I will apply for Text Link Ads, and try to monetize this blog a bit.

I don’t like looking at Google Adsense that much, and since it doesn’t seem to work that well with the amount of traffic this blog gets every day, I think I keep it off the site. I don’t have a problem with TLA however, as they pay well (unlike Google Adsense) and I can use any money that I can get.

I would like to give a shout out to my buddy over at Venter.ca! He’s been working on his blog which is running on Wordpress, and the blog is coming along quite nicely.

Fun with Keywords

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

I was analyzing my website statistics today, and I looked some of the keywords up myself. I was surprised at some of the seemingly random groups of words that people have used to find my blog. For example, I am the second search result for ‘install vista on asus g1′. I’m also the second result when searching ‘high cpu visio 2007′. There was also an entry for ‘registrar problems’, but I was unable to find my site listed in google with those keywords. I still thought it was amusing though.

For those of you who are interested, I am currently using both Statcounter and Google Analytics for my statistics. The results in this blog I got from Statcounter. I am still evaluating both services on all my websites, and I will eventually switch to just one of them.